Pipeline in Karamay

The Relics of Empire: Resource Extraction and the Making of Modern Xinjiang

Pipeline in Karamay

Karamay has been dominated by pipelines since its inception. A vast network of pipelines connects individual oil derricks in Baijiantan to larger and larger centralized collection facilities and refinery operations and, ultimately, to central and eastern China. These pipelines form a critical component of what political theorist and historian Timothy Mitchell calls the “oil apparatus” that binds sites of production and processing to sites of power (Mitchell 2011).

Mitchell, Timothy. 2011. Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil. New York: Verso Books.